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July 01, 2013

Fellowships: Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography

Deadline: July 20, 2013
The Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig kindly
invites applications from highly qualified and motivated individuals for 3 PhD fellowships to commence as soon as possible. The IfL is a non-university research
institute and member of the Leibniz Association with currently around 70
employees. It is institutionally financed by the Free State of Saxony and
the Federal Republic of Germany in the context of a common research
funding agreement.

The fellowships include
• a monthly stipend of 1400,00 € granted for six months plus financial
support for conferences and field research,
• access to the academic service infrastructure of the IfL (e.g., the
Central Geographical Library; The Archive for Geography; cartographic and
IT services, scientific seminars),
• individual support in terms of exchange and discussions within the
international research network of ira.urban and
• flexible working arrangements in Leipzig.

The fellowships will be financed within the framework of the international
comparative re-search project “Urban reconfigurations in post-Soviet
space” (ira.urban). They aim at analyz-ing and explaining continuities and
discontinuities in the reconfiguration of urban spaces in the light of
traditional, reproduced Soviet and newly formed post-Soviet conditions as
well as of changing global economic and social orders. On basis of
transnationally comparative case study research, the project focuses on
the question to what extent urban development has become part of a
socially negotiated adjustment processes, and a mirror of a comprehensive
modernisation process of urban societies in the republics of the former
Soviet Union.

The fellowships will be offered to researchers working in one or more of
the following three fields:

(1) Large Housing Estates in post-Soviet Cities: Housing strategies and
prospects for sustainability – (subject: ira.urban_housing)

(2) Contested and Negotiated Urban Space: modes, impacts and potentials of
civil and economic actors in post-Soviet urban development – (subject:

(3) Spatial Organisation of Knowledge-Based Urban Economies: The Role of
Permanent and Temporary Clusters in post-Soviet Space – (subject:

The research fellows are expected to empirically and/or conceptually
contribute to one of the aforementioned topics. The successful candidates
will be in an advanced stage of their PhD projects, have gained skills in
social research methods as well as experiences in urban research in
post-Soviet space and/or have elaborated concepts for researching one of
the topics in question. Fur-thermore, we expect geographic flexibility,
fluency in English and in at least one
language of the post-Soviet space, as well as working knowledge in Office
software. The positions require hard working individuals with analytical
strengths, communication skills, self-initiative and a strong team spirit.

Please submit your complete application package in English or German as
one pdf-file by e-mail to: Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography,
Administration Management, Beata Kirch-ner,
personal@ifl-leipzig.de The deadline for
applications is July 20th 2013.

Please enclose the following documents:
o CV
o letter of motivation/ statement of purpose, including a short display of
the links between your PhD project and ira.urban (2 pages max.)
o exposé of your PhD project, including your time table and work progress
(5 pages max, excluding sources)
o list of your publications and presentations
o Certificates, references etc.

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr.
Isolde Brade (I_Brade@ifl-leipzig.de) or
Carola Neugebauer
(C_Neugebauer@ifl-leipzig.de). We are
looking forward to your application!

Posted by parmelee at July 1, 2013 03:10 PM